I actually received three packages today, but the other one was a trade with another blogger, and those deserve their own post.
Up first is a trade for a few Pirates inserts from this year.
1. 2000 Skybox Dominion John Valentin. I am always a little surprised when I find cards from the late 1990's/early 2000's that I do not have. That time period represented one of my heaviest collecting periods. It is even stranger when it is a base card of a player like Valentin who I collected pretty hardcore.
2. 1993 Donruss Diamond Kings Roger Clemens. I have mentioned before that I love the Diamond Kings, whether they were subsets in the main set, inserts, or the main set themselves. This is one of the few I still needed and is the highlight from this package.
3. 2000 Pacific Ruby Trot Nixon. Ah the ubiquitous Pacific parallels. This trader did not even know this was a parallel because he never mentioned it. It is not a rare parallel, I think these were pretty common.
4. 2000 Victory John Valentin. Another one, really?
Next is a trade that I made for some random Topps inserts.
6. 2012 Topps Chrome Purple Refractor Carl Crawford. I love this action shot. It's too bad Red Sox fans never got to see the true Carl Crawford in his time with Boston. One of my big disappointments as a fan.